World War Hulk II: Part 1
Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Carlo Barberi
After taking on the mantle from Bruce Banner, Amadeus Cho is both the smartest and strongest one there is when he transforms into the Incredible Hulk!
The Story so Far: Victory on Sakaar! By letting loose the beast within, Hulk has managed to defeat the vicious Warlord of Sakaar and gain freedom for his clan. A month went by as the Hulk and Thor prepared for their trip home. But things aren’t entirely as they seem. While on the outside Amadeus seems to be his cool and collected self, in reality the Hulk has taken the wheel. He’s heading back to Earth with a plan in mind? What’s in store for our planet’s heroes when the Green Goliath returns? Keep reading to find out!
Today’s Mathematically Monstrous Issue: Hulk and Thor have landed safely back on Earth, doing only slight damage to Central Park in the landing process. Amadeus’s sister Maddy is quick to arrive on the scene, relieved and equally angry at seeing her brother once again. Thor takes his leave of the pair and our siblings return home. It looks like Hulk is taking a new approach to being a hero. It’s time for Hulk to start using that big brain instead of just his fists. This new strategy seems to be working… well until the menacing Prince Phalkan escapes from inter-galactic jail. With this new game-plan in mind, Hulk makes quick work of the escapee. But his methods are worrying the heroes around him. It looks like Hulk may be taking things a bit too far. How will Hulk’s friends and family react to these new developments? Come back next time to learn more!
Personal Thoughts and Opinions: New issue and a new arc. Compared to the original World War Hulk story this has certainly taken a slower start, but I’m still engaged by it enough that I’m curious to see where things go. The action was on par with any typical Hulk story. There were no amazing fight scenes or giant images of destruction but it was well paced and exciting to read. The artwork overall was fine. Not bad but not stellar either. Prince Phalkan as a quick villain for the issue was a bit lackluster. He seems to have some sort of history with the Hulk but he wasn’t very engaging…more of a simple villain-of-the-week type foe. With the Hulk persona being in control it’s interesting to see how well he can pretend to be Amadeus. He’s coming up with new ways to solve problems and it’s fun to see Hulk using Amadeus’s intelligence. There’s an action scene near the end of the book that takes a page out of the Sherlock Holmes movie. Considering that film starred Robert Downey Jr., I’m curious as to if that was intentional. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s up next and I’m thankful Greg Pak isn’t just retreading old ground for the sake of a cash grab.